Mike McCullough set the previous record of 177 straight events, missing the SAS Championships last year in Raleigh, N.C. Recently Senior PGA Tour media official Dave Senko sat down with Quigley and chatted about the streak.
SENKO: HAVE YOU COME CLOSE TO MISSING A TOURNAMENT SINCE YOUR STREAK BEGAN IN 1997?
QUIGLEY: I came close a couple times. I remember distinctly when it was. The first time was probably three years ago when my daughter graduated from high school. I was in Nashville. We hemmed and hawed with it, and she was, 'Daddy, I don't mind if you don't come,' and I knew she did, and I was going to do it.
My wife got the idea to rent a plane. Fortunately she graduated on a Friday night, so we rented a plane, I think it cost me $7,500. I played the round on Friday, flew in, surprised her at her graduation, and flew back that night with my son and played Saturday and Sunday at Nashville. That was a close one.
The other time was when my former caddy and I parted ways. I was pretty down about it. I played the next week and I really just wasn't there, and I talked to Bob Rotella and he told me, 'You've got to take a week off. You have to promise me.'
So I flew home from I think Kansas City, and I wasn't going to play in Indianapolis the next week. That was two years ago. Bob made me promise I wouldn't play. So I put the clubs in the corner, stayed home Monday, Tuesday and by Wednesday, I was pacing, and I flew to Indianapolis. I was scared to death to tell Rotella or have him see my name in the paper.
SENKO: HOW LONG DO YOU PLAN TO CONTINUE THE STREAK?
QUIGLEY: As long as my health holds up. I can't think of not playing golf; not playing in a tournament. I would never take a week off because I didn't feel like playing or didn't like the golf course, because I don't think there's a golf course that I don't like.
I may not be able to play some of them, and maybe some of them I haven't played well in the past, but I would still go there and play. I mean, God, I've got nothing better to do. I've got no life other than golf. I just enjoy playing.
SENKO: WHAT DO YOU ON AN OFF DAY?
QUIGLEY: Play golf. I have no off days from golf. I tell everyone, when the season ends, that's when I'm really going to play some golf. I don't just hold to it 18 holes a day then. As long as the course is open, I can go.
All the years I was a club pro, I would start at 7 o'clock in the morning, and my bag would be on the cart, and if I didn't have lessons, I would be on the course. I would just pick different holes to play. I would go out alone all the time. I would play every day at 12:30, then at 4:30, my lesson book would be open again. Anyone wanted lessons after work, I would teach. If they didn't want lessons, I was on the golf course until dark. That's what I've done all my life.
SENKO: DO YOU REMEMBER THE LAST DAY YOU DIDN'T PLAY GOLF?
QUIGLEY: I can't remember the last day I didn't play golf when I was home in Florida. There are some days I don't play if I'm flying from the east coast to the west coast. But when I'm home, I can't remember.
SENKO: YOU PLAY EVERY DAY, THEN?
QUIGLEY: You kidding? My son just came down this last week, and he came down late on Sunday night and we played 36 holes Monday, we played 45 Tuesday, we played 43 Wednesday, and we played 54 Thursday. So, you know, if I have a choice, I'm going to be on the golf course. I can't get enough of golf.